The brethren and friends of Chorley Lodge No 6287 gathered to support Don Hesketh as he regained the chair of the lodge after exactly 20 years.
The lodge was honoured by the presence of Ken Shaw who was representing Tony Harrison the Provincial Grand Master. Ken was accompanied by Frank Wilkinson, John Robson, Paul Renton, Peter Lockett (Chorley Group Chairman), Peter Allen (group secretary) and Bill Nelson PrAGSuptWks.
Don was installed into the chair of King Solomon by Chris Peters assisted by members of the lodge in a ceremony in which the address to the master was presented by Stuart Catterall, that to the wardens by John Francis and the address to the brethren was delivered by Ken Shaw.
The third, second and first degree working tools were presented in fine style by brethren in light blue: Bob Crabtree, Russ Garner and Amir Pournovin respectively.
Ken Shaw congratulated all those who had taken part in a fine installation ceremony and thanked the brethren on behalf of those who would ultimately benefit from a very generous donation to charity of: Chorley Masonic Hall £1,000, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £500, North West Air Ambulance £350, Macmillan Cancer Nurses £350, Friends of Ecclesholme £300, Medic Alert £100 and Derian House £100; a grand total of £2,700.
The evening continued in a very convivial manner at the festive banquet; Chorley’s new caterers, Camerons living up to their reputation for excellence. While the festivities unfurled in the downstairs dining room the ladies and friends dined upstairs.
The master’s song was sung by Rey Morris with music by Alan Burnett. It had been a very enjoyable night with very good food, good wine and especially good company.